pal·​y·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌpa-lə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce palynology (audio) \

Definition of palynology

: a branch of science dealing with pollen and spores

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Other Words from palynology

palynological \ ˌpa-​lə-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce palynological (audio) \ or less commonly palynologic \ ˌpa-​lə-​nə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce palynologic (audio) \ adjective
palynologically \ ˌpa-​lə-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce palynologically (audio) \ adverb
palynologist \ ˌpa-​lə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce palynologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of palynology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His mentor, Vaughn Bryant, began promoting forensic palynology in the 1970s, after learning about its application in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Pollen ‘nerds’: U.S. government enlists scientists to track drug loads, crack cold cases," 30 Aug. 2019 But with an era of opioid investigations ramping up, forensic palynology is poised to get its time in the US spotlight. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Forensic pollen scientists are helping the US track opioids," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of palynology

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palynology

Greek palynein to sprinkle, from palē fine meal

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“Palynology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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